Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental procedures that are utilized to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile. Common issues that are addressed include chipped or stained teeth, gaps in teeth, and missing teeth. Your dentist at Lutke Dental in Plano, TX will be able to examine your teeth and assess their condition in order to recommend the best procedure to meet your goals.
One of the most common goals of patients in Plano who are interested in cosmetic dentistry is to have whiter teeth. While there are many options available in over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments, a professional whitening treatment at Lutke Dental is the most effective way to dramatically change the appearance of a smile in just one short visit. Our treatment can successfully remove discoloration from either diet (from teeth-staining substances such as coffee and tea), personal habits like smoking, or simply aging.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are fixed to only the front of the teeth, concealing flaws and changing a smile’s appearance. They are very effective at treating small imperfections in the teeth such as chips, cracks, or stains. They can also be used to address issues with alignment. This procedure is popular because it is quick, affordable, and comfortable.
Crowns are most often used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth that cannot sufficiently be treated with a dental filling. They can also be used to treat chips, cracks, and discoloration (that teeth whitening methods cannot change) in teeth. Crowns are placed over a tooth to completely cover it and are most commonly made of a tooth-colored material to produce a natural-looking restoration.
Missing teeth can be a source of discomfort and self-consciousness for many patients. There are several options available for replacing teeth. Bridges and dentures are fairly common as they sufficiently restore function and appearance to a smile and are affordable options. A more stable option is dental implants, which are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Because they essentially act as tooth roots, they can be used more closely to natural teeth than bridges or dentures.
If you are not completely satisfied with the appearance of your smile, come into Lutke Dental for a consultation. We can create a treatment plan to achieve your goals in Plano.